Clara Mason, DVM

44 Cloverleaf Street
Winfield, WV 25213




Restricting a horse's diet might help your horse to lose weight, but there may be consequences when a horse eats one or two meals per day instead of grazing nearly all day long as nature intended - such as gastric ulcers.  Yet, researchers recently reported there is a way to keep your horse healthy while he sheds weight.
A team from the university of Minnesota found that overweight horses fed 60% of their maintenance digestible energy content in a slow-feed haynet consumed the forage significantly slower than horse fed the same amount on a stall floor.  We recommend hay-limiting bags such as those manufactured by Hay Chix.  (
The team advised owners to work with their veterinarian or equine nutritionist to ensure rations are balanced and healthy weight loss is achieved.  Lear more a (excerpts from The Horse pg 10 April 2016)